How immigrants are redefining 'American' in Southern California

In immigration news: Senate plan benefits contractors, green cards for same-sex spouses, the GOP's reform dilemma, more

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Immigration deal would boost defense manufacturers - Washington Post With its anticipated steep cost, it's no secret that a border security amendment tacked on to the Senate's immigration reform bill would benefit companies that do business with the federal government. The bill calls for border fencing, helicopters, radar and other high-tech equipment "providing a potential windfall worth tens of millions of dollars to top defense contractors."

Gay married man in Florida is approved for a green card - New York Times Bulgarian-born Traian Popov has become the first person in a same-sex marriage to a U.S. citizen to win a green card. He and his husband received notice shortly after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled last week against the federal Defense of Marriage Act, establishing that the government can't discriminate against gay and lesbian U.S. citizens trying to sponsor an immigrant spouse for a visa.

Government will review immigration petitions for same-sex couples - CNN Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano said Monday that immigration officers would start reviewing visa applications for same-sex spouses "in the same manner as those filed on behalf of an opposite-sex spouse." Before last week's Supreme Court decision on the Defense of Marriage Act, only heterosexual married partners could sponsor a foreign-born spouse.

Jeb Bush urges House to pass immigration bill - USA Today In an co-written Wall Street Journal op-ed column, former Florida governor Jeb Bush called on House Republicans to pass immigration reform: "No Republican would vote for legislation that stifled economic growth, promoted illegal immigration, added to the welfare rolls, and failed to ensure a secure border. Yet they essentially will do just that if they fail to pass comprehensive immigration reform."

G.O.P. groups offering cover for lawmakers on immigration - New York Times Top Republican advocates and donors have thrown their support behind immigration-friendly conservatives like Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida, in the hope that this will eventually benefit the party in terms of Latino voter support.

Immigration reform splitting GOP - CBS Miami As the immigration reform debate moves to the House, divisions in the GOP are becoming evident. On one side are those who embrace immigration reform as being good for the party's long-term prospects; on the other are those ideologically opposed to path to citizenship for unauthorized immigrants, or who fear losing constituent support if they back such a plan.

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